Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive back Darqueze Dennard back pedals in a footwork drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Darqueze Dennard: Scouting the NFL Draft


We are under two weeks away from the big night. The delay is finally coming to an end, with the NFL draft getting ready to begin from Radio City Music Hall on May 8th.

With the delay, there will more discussions about players, coaches….etc., than usual. Sometimes, the fans’ thoughts come from far off different directions. Tonight, we are talking about a player that has received a lot of recent ink for the Jets to draft in the first round.

That player is Darqueze Dennard.

First we take a look at his stats from school as always:

Defense & Fumbles

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2010 Michigan State Big Ten SR DB 6 8 3 11 2.0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
*2011 Michigan State Big Ten SR DB 11 30 12 42 1.0 0.0 3 38 12.7 1 6 0 0 0 0
*2012 Michigan State Big Ten SR DB 13 34 18 52 3.5 0.0 3 49 16.3 0 10 0 0 0 0
*2013 Michigan State Big Ten SR CB 3 33 29 62 3.5 0.0 4 38 9.5 0 10 2
Career Michigan State 105 62 167 10.0 1.0 10 125 12.5 1 26 0 0 0 3

Clearly, Dennard can make a big play when the football is in the air.

He measures in a 5’11″, 199 pounds. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.51 seconds.

Here is some video to watch:

PROS: Dennard has excellent ball skills. His timing to go and get the football without going through the receiver is uncanny. Watch him get his arms in the receiver’s way at just the right time. It is enjoyable to this guy tackle through his opponent, and not miss.

CONS: There wasn’t much to dislike in this guy. The only thing I noticed is that once in a while, he might over-commit to a play, or a route. It works in college, but in the pros, a receiver can make a move on that player with relative ease.

All in all, Dennard would be an excellent New York Jet. I am still not for the first round for him, still think it should be offense. But the Jets can’t really go wrong if they go here either.

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  • Paul Newbold

    The Jets have the envious position to go either way in the first round and still hit a home run. I personally like the Dennard pick at #18, he’s highly athletic and will only get better in my opinion. If the Jets were to trade up in the first, as many have suggested, then I say go after Gilbert. He has better speed and size, and promises to be a star in this league. I say the same for offense, if they are going up the board to chase a receiver, it might as well be Watkins.

    • Alan Schechter

      I feel the same way…if you are going to move up, shoot the moon, it can’t hurt.